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A Look At The Newcastle Fixture List Is Not For The Faint-Hearted

6 years ago
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The fans are suffering Mr Ashley, big time. Wake up, it’s a mess.

What a deeply unhappy scenario that is being played out at Newcastle dis-United. There’s no doubt in my mind that the fans are suffering greatly.

Did you hear that Mr Ashley, the fans are suffering. Or is that what you actually want to happen?

It would appear that the owner is persisting with Pardew despite a crescendo of calls for him to be sacked. This unhappy, running sore of a situation seems to be because of the one thing Mike loves more than anything else – money.

If Ashley has failed to insert a release clause then he will have to fork out for Pardew and his backroom team’s eight year contract, with many estimating that the bill comes in at £5m. But is that not buttons compared to the £70m TV deal the club will lose if it goes back down to the Championship?

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The time to act is now. Pardew has run out of chances. What we’re seeing at the moment is a repeat of the Steve Kean scenario at Blackburn. The new owners of that club stubbornly refused to oust Kean until it was too late, and the club ultimately lost its Premier League status.

A glance at the [intlink id=”191″ type=”page”]Newcastle fixture list [/intlink]is not for the faint-hearted either.

After Swansea away, we face a Leicester City team on the up at St James’ Park – a huge game – and then it’s a trip to Spurs, Man City away in the league cup and then Liverpool roll into town.

Absolutely grim. I just cannot see Pardew being capable of getting the wins that are needed from this run of games.

Yes, the players have to share some of the blame, but Pardew is failing to motivate them effectively or get the tactics right.

Of all the 92 clubs in the football league I can’t think of any that needs a change of manager more than Newcastle United. We need fresh ideas, fresh coaching and a fresh start.

I implore the club to take action now before it is too late. We can’t change owner (more’s the pity) but we can change manager. It simply has to happen and it’s down to the people at the top to get that right.

If things stay as they are, I genuinely do fear going down with a record low total of points.

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